Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, has begun to welcome Formula 1’s star drivers to the Kingdom ahead of this weekend’s F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2020.
Among those who have already arrived in Bahrain are the McLaren pair of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, Williams drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi, and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.
A number of drivers from the supporting Formula 2 Championship have also already reached the island, along with race officials.
They are being received at Bahrain International Airport by BIC’s Meet and Greet Team, and are being assisted with their arrival formalities at the specially constructed BIC Reception Tent.
More F1 and F2 drivers are scheduled to arrive in the coming days as the countdown continues to the region’s biggest global sporting showcase, which takes Sakhir by storm between Friday and Sunday (Editor’s note: November 27 to 29).
The F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2020 marks the 15th of 17 rounds in this year’s F1 World Championship. It will be the front-end of the first-ever F1 double-header in the Kingdom.
The Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix takes place the very next weekend from December 4 to 6 at BIC with a completely different track layout, offering the sport’s competitors an all-new challenge and fans an additional spectacle. Both races are being held at night under the brilliance of BIC’s state-of-the-art floodlights.
The Kingdom’s F1 double-header will be taking place with all precautionary guidelines in place issued by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs and the Ministry of Health. Although both events are closed to the general public, frontline health workers and first responders, along with members of their immediate families, have been invited to join.